Pinot Grigio Tasting

The Treasure Valley Wine Society held another Wine Tasting with Pinot Grigio being the featured wine. Many thanks to Lisa Gaddis of the Idaho Wine Merchant for giving the presentation. And look at this photo – Melissa won the 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2008 Riesling! Congratulations to Melissa.
Here is some information about Pinot Grigio from different sources  that some of you may find useful.

Pinot Grigio

Definition: Italy’s most popular white wine is produced from the * Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris grape varietal. This wine hails from the northeast region of Veneto and Friuli. A light, crisp white wine that is intended to be consumed early on. This particular white wine grape, goes by several different names, depending on which country is talking about it – Pinot Grigio (Italy), Pinot Gris (France), Grauer Burgunder (Germany). Pinot grapes are grown in small clusters and, shockingly, produce a gray or brownish-pink fruit. Pinot grigio is thought to be a mutant cousin to another famous grape, Pinot noir.

Flavor Profile: Pinot Grigio flavors can range from melon to pear and some even offer a subtle tropical or citrus fruit, often there is a honey or smoky flavor component as well. As for color, Pinot Grigio is typically a pale, straw-like yellow with some golden hues thrown in. The texture of a Pinot Grigio is worth noting, as it has very smooth, almost silk-like overtones that leave an impression on the palate. A crisp, dry white wine made in the Italian style with a fragrance of aromatic herbs and a hint of mineral and earth in the nose. 

Food Pairing: Pinot Grigio pairs nicely with seafood, light pastas and cheese cracker combinations. Since this wine is fairly acidic itself, avoid pairing with foods that have high acid contents, like citrus fruits or tomato-based recipes.

Look what we had for dinner and the wines we tried. The wines listed are the ones that we tried and they are not necessarily listed as a pairing. Scores were on a [20] point system. All of these wines are less than $20.00 Enjoy!

Cheese and Fruit Tray
2011 Yalumba “Y Series” Pinot Grigio (Australia)
12.5% alc., big for a pinot grigio but well balanced and great with food [18]

Caesar Salad
2011 Oxford Landing Pinot Grigio (Australia)
11.5% alc., weak nose and palate, overpowered by the roasted vegetables [15]

Roasted Vegetables
2010 Milbrandt Vineyards Pinot Grigio (Walla Walla, Washington)
13.5% alc., lite and weak flavors [15]

Chicken and Artichoke Alfredo Penne
2011 Dusted Valley “Boomtown” Pinot Grigio (Walla Walla, Washington)
13.5% alc., watery, lemon, sharp acidic. might be good with a sorbet [16]

2010 Pend d’Oreille Winery Pinot Grigio (Idaho)
13.4% alc., lacks fruit and not long lasting [16]

Dinner is plated
2010 Witness Tree Winery Pinot Grigio (Oregon)
13.2% alc., strong sulfur, tart, sour [14]

NV Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio (Italy)
13.8% alc., sharp and tart, lite sweetness. might be good with grilled salmon [17]

So there you have the wines and the dinner that we had. Our thanks to Chef Jake and his staff for the fine dinner – I don’t think that the 33 people who were there left anything. Overall score for tonight for the wines was [15]. All of the folks who were at our table pretty much agreed on the wine scores. Cheers!

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